Father and son right on target

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Ben Whittle, centre, won the overall handicap for clay target shooting at the State titles.
Camera IconBen Whittle, centre, won the overall handicap for clay target shooting at the State titles.

Father and son shooting combination Leon and Ben Whittle have returned home from a series of successful clay target shooting events.

Ben attended the clay target State titles in Perth competing against 130 shooters.

He shot a perfect score of 50/50 to take out the overall handicap shooting.

He was also successful in winning the double rise in his grade.

His father Leon travelled to Adelaide to compete in the Australian Masters Games.

Leon competed in six events for clay target shooting and came away with five medals.

He received high gun in the 50-59 age group, also receiving gold in ISSF trench.

Leon received silver in double rise and double barrel, and bronze in skeet and point score.

For Ben, shooting was more about bonding with his father than winning.

“It’s about spending time with dad and having some fun,” he said.

Leon Whittle won five medals.
Camera IconLeon Whittle won five medals.

Ben said he trained regularly and had set his sights on representing his State.

“Training really depends on time. In the lead up to States, I was out shooting every weekend but normally I try for about every fortnight and shoot anywhere from 50 to 100 targets,” he said.

“I have only been involved for about 18 months, and I enjoy it because of all the great people in the sport and getting to go travelling around and spending time with dad.

“My goals for now are to get a WA State jacket and represent WA.”

Leon said his son had helped him return to shooting.

“After a 10-year break I started back up with my son about 18 months ago,” he said.

“It’s something my son and I can do together and it challenges you.”

He is eyeing off the next Masters Games in WA.

“I want to go to the next masters now which is 2021 in Perth and short-term, do well at our big shoot in January,” he said.

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